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Greg Kerkvliet

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 08/28/14 at 08:02 pm in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

Any expectations should be tempered by that. LeBron missed the playoffs in his rookie season, Durant and CP3 in their 1st 2. Wiggins will have to exceed expectations (to what degree depends on the expectations) to be in those guys' category. Vets will help with development, but it's basically the 2012-13 version of this team with more raw talent and fewer guys who don't deserve to be in the league (Johnson, Gelabale, Lee, Shved, Stiemsma, Hayward, Amundson).

As for shooting, there's...

Posted on 08/30/14 at 10:34 pm in response to Some assembly required for the new-look Timberwolves

It's not that I overlooked "suddenly" but more that I took it to mean "in the future" instead of "in the next few seasons." I don't expect either to shine from beyond the arc next season, but that would be a problem for a Wolves team with playoff aspirations (which I don't buy no matter what Flip says) than a team looking to win 35 games and properly develop their young talent.

With that said, I get that you can't respond to everything, but it is somewhat disheartening to see valid...

Posted on 08/25/14 at 03:14 pm in response to Yes, it's OK to feel good about the Timberwolves right now

I was prepared to be secretly disappointed while trying to talk myself into whatever their haul was. As long as no one has unrealistic expectations of these guys, it could be a fun season. There were so many armchair coaches last season who made some absurd statements about how Adelman was holding back Derrick Williams (I guess Mike Malone did, too; maybe there's a reason why), Dieng (Foul. Machine. Early.), and Muhammad (a supposed scorer who was worse at the rim than Rubio). It's tough not...

It's extremely hard to replace a top-15 player in the league (I'm being conservative). I wish I knew what happened with the knuckle pushups and the locker-room atmosphere last season.

This trade, though, works. I don't have much interest in Bennett; if he was making what Shabazz is, then sure, but it's bad opportunity cost to have him on the team/payroll. Wiggins, obviously, was overhyped coming out of college, but he's not as bad as the analytics crowd thinks.

I don't see the...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 05:53 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

One thing this offseason could do is return Rubio to the role of offensive hub in the sense that he sets up most of the open looks instead of playing off of Love. A more-athletic team would definitely improve their weak transition defense, solidify their ability to challenge shots in the halfcourt, and possibly lead to only a modest foul-drawing dropoff with Love gone. If they try to turn Rubio into Terrell Brandon, this team will definitely be bad, but if they construct something that...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 05:39 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

Does "entirely possible the Wolves won't be terrible" become "bubble-headed optimist."

Posted on 08/01/14 at 05:57 pm in response to It's entirely possible the Timberwolves won't be terrible this season

Is the lack of roster turnover. I understand that Flip probably has some things on the back burner that might happen after a Love trade, and I'm glad to this point that he waited out the draft and free agency, but it's unclear where things go from here. Most proposed Love trades (at least the ones with Cleveland) have mostly focused on Barea and/or Shved possibly being moved to a 3rd team, but does it make sense to have Martin, Budinger, Brewer, Mbah a Moute, Muhammad, Hummel, LaVine, and "...

This team needs productive athletes, but there are ways to quantify that in stats, and LaVine didn't show that in games the same way that other options did.

With that said, Flip certainly didn't do what was comfortable. I think the Wolves have made their share of "low risk" picks in recent years: Williams was considered the best or 2nd-best player in '11 when guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Kawhi Leonard were available (before Canis Hoopus puffs out its chest too much, it should be...

Percy had some pretty good seasons and had the offense catered to his talents even moreso than Adrian Peterson, yet they went on a playoff run after Harvin went down for the season. By many accounts, he was a child.

Love's status with fans has nothing to do with KG. This organization has been bad to Love, and while I'm not mad at him for wanting to go, his approach this summer makes me compare his attitude more to another former Wolf: Christian Laettner. Fans have a justifiably...

And they were able to trade him for Stanley Roberts, who played in 74 games the following year. As for Billups, Brandon was a better player at the time (higher PER, better passer and defender, though less-efficient scorer) and was still on a long-term deal; the problem was that they didn't realize the severity of his injury and keep Billups, which he was open to. I think they realized he deserved to start somewhere in the NBA, and they made the mistake of thinking the job wasn't open here (...